How did your Texas Representative vote on Transparency?

Check out LoneStarOnline.com’s recent article on the topic.  How did your Representative vote?

January 28, 2017

**This will be the final article in a series of articles dealing with the adoption of House rules.

Transparency was a common theme among 28 filed amendments to the House rules. Seven transparency amendments were filed and hotly debated, and in the end, only two of the seven were adopted.

The following amendments were either withdrawn or failed from lack of support by the House:

Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R) – Before a bill goes to the full house for a hearing, it must go to the calendar’s committee in order to be scheduled. However, members of the calendar’s committee can anonymously “tag” a bill. This is an informal process whereby one single member, without being identified or recorded, can stop a bill from moving any further, essentially killing the legislation. Rep. Tinderholt’s amendment would require the tagging member to be identified and recorded for public viewing. His amendment failed on a vote of 130-16, 2 Present, not voting.

Yeas — Allen; Alonzo; Alvarado; Anchia; Anderson, C.; Anderson R.;

Are ́valo; Ashby; Bailes; Bell; Bernal; Blanco; Bonnen, D.; Bonnen, G.; Burkett;

Burns; Burrows; Button; Canales; Capriglione; Clardy; Coleman; Collier; Cook;

Cortez; Cosper; Craddick; Cyrier; Dale; Darby; Davis, S.; Davis, Y.; Dean;

Deshotel; Dukes; Dutton; Elkins; Faircloth; Fallon; Farrar; Flynn; Frank; Frullo;

Geren; Gervin-Hawkins; Giddings; Goldman; Gonzales; Gonzalez; Gooden;

Guerra; Guillen; Gutierrez; Hernandez; Herrero; Hinojosa; Holland; Howard;

Huberty; Hunter; Isaac; Israel; Johnson, E.; Johnson, J.; Kacal; King, K.; King,

P.; King, T.; Klick; Koop; Lambert; Landgraf; Larson; Laubenberg; Longoria;

Lozano; Lucio; Metcalf; Meyer; Miller; Minjarez; Moody; Morrison; Mun ̃oz;

Murphy; Murr; Neave; Neva ́rez; Oliveira; Oliverson; Ortega; Paddie; Parker;

Paul; Perez; Phelan; Phillips; Pickett; Price; Raney; Raymond; Reynolds;

Roberts; Rodriguez, E.; Rodriguez, J.; Romero; Rose; Schubert; Sheffield; Shine;

Simmons; Smithee; Springer; Stephenson; Stucky; Thierry; Thompson, E.;

Thompson, S.; Turner; Uresti; VanDeaver; Villalba; Vo; Walle; White; Wilson;

Workman; Wray; Wu; Zerwas.

Nays — Biedermann; Cain; Hefner; Keough; Krause; Lang; Leach; Rinaldi;

Sanford; Schaefer; Schofield; Shaheen; Stickland; Swanson; Tinderholt; Zedler.

Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R) – When a bill goes to the House floor for a hearing, members can  file amendments to that bill, but the amendments must be related to the topic of the bill (germane). If the amendment is not germane, the rules provide a route for members to point out the flaw (point of order). However the House has the practice of looking at those amendments, deciding that they aren’t germane to the bill, and refusing to give them a hearing without a point of order being called and without a public ruling being given. Rep. Stickland’s amendment would have required the Speaker to let the amendment be heard and, if a point of order is called on the amendment, the Speaker must give a public ruling on the point of order. The amendment failed on a vote of 127-18.

 Yeas — Allen; Alonzo; Alvarado; Anchia; Anderson, C.; Anderson, R.;

Are ́valo; Ashby; Bailes; Bell; Bernal; Blanco; Bonnen, D.; Bonnen, G.; Burkett;

Burns; Burrows; Button; Canales; Capriglione; Clardy; Coleman; Collier; Cook;

Cortez; Cosper; Craddick; Dale; Darby; Davis, S.; Davis, Y.; Dean; Deshotel;

Dukes; Dutton; Elkins; Faircloth; Fallon; Farrar; Flynn; Frank; Frullo; Geren;

Gervin-Hawkins; Giddings; Goldman; Gonzales; Gonza ́lez; Gooden; Guerra;

Guillen; Gutierrez; Hernandez; Herrero; Hinojosa; Holland; Howard; Huberty;

Hunter; Isaac; Israel; Johnson, E.; Johnson, J.; Kacal; King, K.; King, P.; King,

T.; Koop; Kuempel; Lambert; Landgraf; Larson; Laubenberg; Longoria; Lozano;

Lucio; Metcalf; Meyer; Miller; Minjarez; Moody; Morrison; Mun ̃oz; Murphy;

Murr; Neave; Neva ́rez; Oliverson; Ortega; Paddie; Parker; Paul; Perez; Phelan;

Phillips; Pickett; Price; Raney; Raymond; Reynolds; Roberts; Romero; Rose;

Schubert; Sheffield; Shine; Simmons; Smithee; Springer; Stephenson; Stucky;

Thierry; Turner; Uresti; VanDeaver; Villalba; Vo; Walle; Workman; Wray; Wu;

Zedler; Zerwas.

Nays — Biedermann; Bohac; Cain; Hefner; Keough; Krause; Lang; Leach;

Rinaldi; Sanford; Schaefer; Schofield; Shaheen; Stickland; Swanson; Tinderholt;

White; Wilson.

Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R) – if a member of the committee opposes placing a bill on the Local & Consent calendar, the opposition and the opposing member must be recorded for public reference. The amendment failed on a vote of 121-21. 2 Present, not voting.

Yeas — Allen; Alonzo; Alvarado; Anchia; Anderson, C.; Anderson R.;

Are ́valo; Ashby; Bailes; Bernal; Blanco; Bonnen, D.; Bonnen, G.; Burkett;

Burns; Burrows; Button; Capriglione; Clardy; Coleman; Collier; Cook; Cortez;

Craddick; Cyrier; Dale; Darby; Davis, S.; Davis, Y.; Dean; Deshotel; Dukes;

Dutton; Elkins; Faircloth; Farrar; Flynn; Frank; Frullo; Geren; Gervin-Hawkins;

Giddings; Goldman; Gonzales; Gonza ́lez; Gooden; Guerra; Guillen; Gutierrez;

Hernandez; Herrero; Hinojosa; Howard; Huberty; Hunter; Isaac; Israel; Johnson,

E.; Johnson, J.; Kacal; King, K.; King, P.; King, T.; Klick; Koop; Lambert;

Landgraf; Larson; Laubenberg; Longoria; Lucio; Metcalf; Meyer; Miller;

Minjarez; Moody; Morrison; Mun ̃oz; Murphy; Murr; Neave; Neva ́rez; Oliveira;

Oliverson; Ortega; Paddie; Parker; Paul; Perez; Phelan; Phillips; Pickett; Price;

Raney; Raymond; Reynolds; Roberts; Rodriguez, E.; Rodriguez, J.; Romero;

Rose; Schubert; Sheffield; Shine; Simmons; Smithee; Springer; Stucky; Thierry;

Thompson, E.; Thompson, S.; Turner; Uresti; VanDeaver; Villalba; Vo; Walle;

Workman; Wray; Wu; Zerwas.

Nays — Bell; Biedermann; Cain; Fallon; Hefner; Keough; Krause; Lang;

Leach; Lozano; Rinaldi; Sanford; Schaefer; Schofield; Shaheen; Stickland;

Swanson; Tinderholt; White; Wilson; Zedler.

Rep. Matt Schaefer (R) – Currently, the appropriations committee does not have to provide any of its documents to fellow House members. Rep. Schaefer’s amendment would have made any and all appropriations committee documents available to any member who requests them. Although Rep. Schaefer withdrew his amendment, he got Rep. Darby, assumed-chair of the appropriations committee, on record stating that he would implement this practice.

Rep. Rafael Anchia (D) – When a bill has been passed in one chamber, it must go to the other chamber. That chamber can make changes to the bills, then the two chambers must confer and agree on changes. This conferring process is achieved through a conference committee made up of members from both chambers. Rep. Anchia’s amendment would have prohibited conference committees from meeting unofficially, or off the record, required a meeting notice to be published 24 hours in advance of the meeting, and the committee must publish the minutes from the meeting. His amendment failed on a vote of 106-35.

Yeas — Allen; Alonzo; Anderson, C.; Anderson, R.; Are ́valo; Ashby;

Bailes; Bell; Bernal; Biedermann; Bohac; Bonnen, D.; Bonnen, G.; Burkett;

Burns; Burrows; Button; Capriglione; Clardy; Cook; Cosper; Craddick; Cyrier;

Dale; Darby; Davis, S.; Davis, Y.; Dean; Deshotel; Dutton; Elkins; Faircloth;

Farrar; Flynn; Frank; Frullo; Geren; Giddings; Goldman; Gonzales; Gooden;

Guillen; Hefner; Herrero; Hinojosa; Holland; Howard; Huberty; Hunter; Isaac;

Israel; Kacal; Keough; King, K.; King, P.; King, T.; Koop; Lambert; Landgraf;

Lang; Larson; Laubenberg; Lozano; Metcalf; Meyer; Miller; Morrison; Murphy;

Murr; Oliveira; Oliverson; Paddie; Parker; Paul; Perez; Phelan; Phillips; Pickett;

Price; Raney; Raymond; Rinaldi; Roberts; Rose; Schofield; Schubert; Shaheen;

Sheffield; Shine; Simmons; Smithee; Springer; Stephenson; Stickland; Stucky;

Swanson; Thierry; Thompson, E.; Thompson, S.; Tinderholt; VanDeaver;

Villalba; Workman; Wray; Zedler; Zerwas.

Nays — Alvarado; Anchia; Blanco; Canales; Collier; Cortez; Dukes; Fallon;

Gervin-Hawkins; Gonza ́lez; Gutierrez; Hernandez; Johnson, E.; Krause; Leach;

Longoria; Lucio; Minjarez; Moody; Mun ̃oz; Neave; Neva ́rez; Ortega; Reynolds;

Rodriguez, E.; Rodriguez, J.; Romero; Sanford; Schaefer; Turner; Uresti; Walle;

White; Wilson; Wu.

 The two amendments that were adopted by the House are as follows:

Rep. Matt Schaefer (R) – Required any meeting of the Appropriations committee to be recorded and placed online, along with the minutes from the meeting. His amendment was passed.

Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R) – This amendment requires all committees post any and all documents related to committee business online. Previously, none of this information would have been available to the public. His amendment was passed.

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